The Bureau of Meteorology is mapping a potential cyclone in the Coral Sea.
The Bureau of Meteorology is mapping a potential cyclone in the Coral Sea. bom.gov.au

Weather bureau to keep eye on potential cyclone

AS Mackay residents do everything they can to beat the stifling heat, the Bureau of Meteorology is mapping a potential cyclone in the Coral Sea.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said a tropical low could be forming in the northern Coral Sea.

But it was "too early to tell" if the low would turn into a cyclone.

The spokesman predicted up to four cyclones could form off the coast of Queensland this year.

"But that's fairly average for this time of the year," he said.

"It's very close to normal conditions and we'd generally predict about four cyclones will form in that area each year.

"Some of them will end up as low pressure systems with a lot of rain.

"An example of that is last January where there was a lot of rain in Mackay and across parts of Queensland."

He said BOM forecasters would "keep an eye" on the tropical low forming.

"It's really too early to tell if it will affect Mackay or not," he said.

"Once it's fully formed we can tell what's happening and we'll predict dates."

Temperatures are predicted to remain in the low 30s for the next few days, with a chance of rain and a late storm forecast for today.

Tomorrow's temperatures will climb to a maximum of 32 degrees and on Thursday the mercury is expected to hit 30 degrees.

The spokesperson said it was possible Mackay would see rain and storms leading into next week and cloudy conditions with south-easterly winds pushing across the city.



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